YEARS OF COMBAT : THE FIRST VOLUME OF THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SHOLTO DOUGLAS. YEARS OF COMMAND : THE SECOND VOLUME OF THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SHOLTO DOUGLAS, MARSHAL OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, LORD DOUGLAS OF KIRTLESIDE, G.C.B., M.C., D.F.C.

Douglas, Lord of Kirtleside with Wright, Robert.


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2 VOLUMES, COMPLETE. Vol. I. 1st ed., 1963. 384 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 23 x 15cm. Owner’s bookplate, name & date to blank prelims ; some tape repairs / reinforcement to underside of d.j., o/w V.G. Vol. II. 1st ed., 1966. 382 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 23 x 15cm. Foxing to edges + e.p.’s ; tiny bumps to lower corners o/w V.G.+. The first volume, Years of Combat, of Sholto Douglas’ autobiography, describes his experiences as a fighter pilot in the First World War. Lord Douglas of Kirtleside gives particularly vivid descriptions of his experiences at Passchendaele and in the course of his lively narrative he draws upon his encounters with aces such as Jimmy McCudden, Manfred von Richthofen and "Mick" Mannock. The second volume covers the period of the Second World War, a time when Douglas held the most senior rank there is in the RAF - Marshal. He served as Commander-in-Chief without a break from the Battle of Britain to the end of the war. Succeeding Lord Dowding as Commander-in-Chief Fighter Command in the autumn of 1940, he moved two years later to the command of the RAF in the Middle East, returning in 1944 to become Commander-in-Chief and Military Governor of the British Zone of occupied Germany. It is a unique record that throws an intimate light on the great RAF commanders at that time. The 2 Volumes complete Douglas’ autobiography.


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